Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mom's Rule

This past weekend was "guys weekend" for Chris and all my brothers.  Each year the guys hit the golf course and have man time for a weekend...totally needed and deserved for all of them.  But those that remain home - well I believe we deserve medals for these weekends.  Which is why I put on my super woman costume and then shacked up with my SIL Rachel to tackle the weekend with another adult.  (My mom didn't raise a fool)
We had such a good time and the weekend flew by.  Eli and Norah were troopers sharing all their toys, crib, etc. and Rachel was a super host.  Activities included, many meals out on the deck, Apple picking, Party with the cousins and sisters, church and a family meal at Grandma and Papa's house.  All in all a wonderful weekend with great memories.

Saturday morning pajama party

The apple orchard

Hay ride and apple picking
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I never shared this photos of Quinton right after he came home from the hospital, so I thought I would flashback and include them now.  This was a little photo session Chris did with him.

(fun fact: this toy shelf was built by my father for my siblings and I many years ago...still looks good Papa!)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Classic Moment

Scene: Day after arriving home from the beach and the house is a disaster and nothing is put away.

Me: (from the other room) Shayden what are you doing?
Shayden: (yells) I'm cutting the grass
Me:  Okay buddy, good job...keep it up.

(Shayden comes into the kitchen while still "mowing")

Me: Hey buddy, what's in your ears?
Shayden:  I'm listening to my music

side note: yes that is a walker and I already feel bad that one day all too soon I am going to have to tell him he has to share his lawn mower with Quinton who needs it to learn how to walk.  Oh boy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Promises and Corn

I am going to attempt to update the blog more frequently now that Quinton is a bit older and I have so much more time on my hands.....HA HA HA!!!  (as I roll my eyes)  In my sarcasm I am kind of serious, Quinton is doing such a good job at being a baby...I am sure you ask yourself 'how hard can that be right?'....well talk to my first son Shayden and see what he says.  As I type, I have 2, yes 2, boys in bed and happy to be there (at least I like to think so).  Quinton has been going to bed so well and now that he is officially out of the bassinet in our room and in his crib flying solo I am getting much more rest. (WOOT WOOT)

On to more important things...we had our first official "Corn Day" at the farm this past week and it was a blast.  My SIL Beth organized an awesome day full of fun and lots of corn.  We ordered 300 ears of corn, that were picked fresh that morning, which we then shucked, cooked, de-cobbed (not sure of technical term here), cooled and then bagged for the winter.  Which means come January when you are itching for some fresh Ohio sweet corn you will have to come calling to one of our homes begging for the bag of gold in our freezers!  Enjoy a few pics - ps. Thanks Beth for such a fun day!

(no babies were harmed in this process...that steam is much further away from his face than it looks, promise)

Monday, September 20, 2010

2 months

Quinton had his 2 month check up last week and was rocking the scales on all levels.  He is perfectly healthy and we are so glad he is growing so well.

Weight: 12 lbs 9 oz (61%)
Height: 24" (76%)
Head Circumference: 41 1/4cm (72%)

for those comparison to Shayden at this same point Quinton is 1lb larger, 1" longer and and his head is bigger.  I love how unique they are while also being so similar.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Big Changes

This weekend marked a big step for Shayden as he moved into his big boy bed and out of the crib.  Shayden was super pumped leading up to the big day and was most excited about putting his bed together....Chris and I on the other hand were worried that somewhere in the cloud we were going to lose our silver lining and have to talk him into actually sleeping in this new bed.  However it was just the opposite, Shayden acted like it was no big deal, climbed right up in and slept like a champ.  We are now on Night 3 and absolutely nothing has changed in his normal routine.  To be honest it was almost anti-climatic but like Grandpa said, it just means he was ready.  
Enjoy the pics of our big boy in his new bed.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Family Vaca 2010

This past week marked the annual Family Vacation (officially our tenth) where we all head off to a predetermined destination and shack up together for a week and have some family bonding time.  Now for some families this would equal tragedy, bickering, and possibly end in a divorce for one couple...but in the our household it just equals good old fashioned fun!

This years destination = Corolla Beach, Outerbanks NC
# of Family Members: 25
# of Nannies: 2
# of bedrooms: 9
# of bathrooms: 10.5
# of days cut short by Hurricane Earl: 3 (boo)

Some of my favorite moments were 1st's for the boys.
Shayden and Quinton's 1st time staying in a hotel:

Quinton's 1st road trip (and he was a total champ):

Not a total first but Shayden old enough to really enjoy the beach:

more to come...